Taraji P. Henson to make her directorial debut with dramedy Two-Faced, which she will also star in and produce the film for BRON Studios.
Tim K. Story is producing the project and it serves as a reunion for Henson and Story who worked together on the Think Like a Man movies.
Cat Wilkins wrote the film that centers on Joy, a Black high school senior whose chances to attend the college of her dreams are threatened by her wildly popular and charismatic school principal, Jerald, after she confronts him with evidence of his racist past. With the help of her friends, Joy sets out to expose Jerald for who he truly is but quickly learns that he is not above waging all-out-war against the students trying to take him down.
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Henson will star as Joy’s mother and she will also produce via her TPH Entertainment banner.
“After two decades spent in front of the camera, I’m thrilled to finally jump behind it for my feature directorial debut!,” Henson exclaimed of her new venture. SHe continued:
“What first attracted me to this project was Joy – she is the character I needed to see in films growing up, but never had. It’s important that stories be told from a woman’s point of view and partnering with BRON Studios and the amazingly talented Tim Story — both who use their platforms to help elevate women and people of color — feels like the perfect match. I can’t wait to bring this hilariously heartfelt script by Cat Wilkins to life!”
Bron Studios and UTA Independent Film Group will oversee the sales. Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert and Story via The Story Company will also produce, as well as Sharla Sumpter Bridgett. Wilkins, Christine Conley and Trent Hubbard will exec produce.
“Taraji is an important voice in the world and BRON is thrilled to support her directorial debut, of a script from Cat Wilkins, that through its comedic elements examines race and culture in America,” said Gilbert. Story added: “I could not be more excited to support one of the most talented people I have ever known. Taraji and I have done three movies together and I knew it was only a matter of time before she would make this leap to directing and I am honored to produce this film along with BRON Studios.”
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Wilkins recently graduated from the MFA Screenwriting Program at UCLA. Her Two-Faced screenplay won first place in the feature comedy category at the 2020 UCLA Screenwriters Showcase. Wilkins is attached as executive producer, alongside Christine Conley and Trent Hubbard.